Teen Services Blog

Don't Get Caught With This Book!

A history lesson (stick with me):  in 332 BC, Alexander the Great founded Alexandria, the city that would soon become the capital of Egypt.

Be Careful Who You Conjure Up

Nathaniel is a young wizard under the direction of a mid-level bureaucrat in Parliament. He lives in modern London, in a world where magicians rule the government.

Teen Open Lab at Heartland Maker Fest


Join library staff at the Heartland Maker Fest this Saturday! Come learn more about all that the Teen Open Lab offers the teens in our community, meet library maker partners CU FabLab and Makerspace Urbana, and also meet other amazing Makers from around central Illinois!

This book was great! There's got to be more, right?

So you read a book that you loved and it felt like it was part of a series.  But you're not sure.  What do you do?  Well you can google it and hope for the best, or you can go to the author's website and scroll through their page.  

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Hold On to Your Bath Plug!

Victorian London (meaning London during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1876) was a dreary place.

Body Snatching Gone Awry

Whenever I get in a reading rut, I always pick up a graphic novel to revive my love of reading. Some stories can bog a person down with alliteration, onomatopoeia, symbolism, metaphors, and other sorts of literary constructs.

Location, Location, Location

Sometimes you read a book for the characters or the action.  And sometimes it's the place you can't forget.  For the record, I will never, ever get tired of reading books set in London.  EVER.  So what do you do when you want more of a place?

The Proper Way to Be a Spy

Proper young ladies do not crawl in dumbwaiters to eavesdrop on their mother’s conversations. Especially not in Victorian England.